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on election night, i've actually got great new technology i'll be unveiling. i showed it last night. we'll be using exit polls with this fantastic new 3d technology that's quite useful in helping people understand that. i just wanted to brag on that for a second. >> can we apply it to other areas? >> absolutely. anything you can show that compares number, taking data and parsing it different ways, this technology will help us. we'll see it on election day. >> thank you, sir. i'm ali velshi. here's what i've got. yemen is on the alert and on the lookout for terrorists at the airport after bombs were intercepts on flights headed to the united states. we'll find out what investigators did right and what could have gone terribly wrong. as americans get ready to head to the polls, brazil takes the political spotlight, electing the first female president to lead latin america's biggest nation. and in washington, a funny thing happened on the way to the election.
stewart and colbert take the stage in d.c. to give voters a little break from the mudslinging and the attack ads. but there is really a serious election going on. we've been counting down the days until the elections. now we can count down the hours and from every indication, it's going to be a good day for the republicans and a bad day for dts. look at these numbers. from a new poll, people were asked whether they would vote for a republican or a democrat for congress. they chose republican by a ten-point margin. 52% said republican. 42% said democrat. compare that with the results of exactly the same question asked on exactly the same day two days before the 1994 election. in that poll, they also chose republicans over democrats by a seven-point margin, but that margin in 1994 resulted in the republican revolution. the republicans picked up 52 seats in the house and seven seats in the senate, taking control of both chambers. 37 incumbent democrats lost
their bids for reelection, including representative tom foley, speaker tom foley, republican newt gang ringrich replaced foley as speaker of the house. 1994 was the year george w. bush was first elected the governor of texas. it's also the year sonny bono became a congressman. democratic leaders insist it's not the same thing. no republican revolution this year. but some republicans predict the gop will do even better than expected. >> well, right now, you know, they're saying they're going to get both and we're saying we'll hold on to both and it's a nail-biter. i expect there will be real close races. but my belief is we'll hold the senate and if we just play our cards right, we'll hold the house as well. >> i think that the republican leadership across the country is going to emerge and -- in a lot of races that people don't expect right now. there will be a number of surprises in races that folks
haven't paid attention to. >> okay. let's make sense of all of this. mark preston, paul steinhauser join me. we're all in new york to break this down. they're just upstairs in the fantastic new studio we'll see a lot of in the next few days. paul, let me start with you. with all the stuff about it's not going to be that bad or it's going to be worse, how accurate do these polls end up being this close to the election? >> oh, we'd like to consider our polls pretty accurate at cnn. back in 2008, we actually got the popular vote in the presidential contest spot on. ali, we always say, listen, polls are a snapshot of how people are feeling right now. right now is just a day from the election. we're pretty close. you just showed that overall gen generic ballot question. that's the best barometer. let's break it down more. check this out. let's talk about independent voters. when we asked the generic
ballot, look at this. 55% for republicans. 32% for democrats. why is that troubling? because, remember, independents went for the democrats in '06 and '08 and the democrats won pretty big. >> is this about republicans and the ideas they have put forward? we asked the question, if the gop wins control of congress, the country will be better off, worse off or no difference. split three ways, ali. only 34% of americans say that would be better off. 28% say it would be worse. this is a disturbing number. disturbing in regards to talk about politics. 36% say there would be no difference. this is not necessarily an election to try to get republicans into power. it's about punishing the party that is currently in power. that's democrats. paul? >> we talk about barack obama. two more real quick. we talk about this election. the president is not on the ballot, but look at this number. would you be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports or opposes the president?
39% say support. 50% oppose. that's very different than a year ago. >> quickly, a very disturbing number right now. things are going well in the country. only 25% of americans say that right now. you know that better than anybody. ia follow the economy. you know what the unemployment rate is. 25%. that's the lowest number since the mid-'70s. >> let me ask you this, guys. go back to that original number that we had that showed -- the spread right now versus what it was exactly at the same time before the 1994 election. a seven-percentage-point spread in 1994 gave the republicans this big win. does a ten-point spread mean they get the same type of win? or do these numbers play out differently when it comes to actual number of seats that they result in? >> it could play out differently because also if you go back just four years to 2006, the democrats actually had an 11-point advantage. they picked up 30 seats. it's not an exact science. but some of the top political
handicaps predict 50 to 60-plus seats for the republicans. >> thanks, guys. this is -- i know we've got a lot of stuff going on, we have a lot of numbers. we'll talk again in an hour and give you other stuff. thanks, guys. mark preston and paul steinhauser. rising concern at airports around the world. we've been following this story. could there be more bombs in ca cargo or passenger planes? as soon as this handbook comes in the mail,
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there's a high level of concern at airports around the world this hour. the key question for security officials, could there be more bombs hidden in air cargo on the ground or on commercial flights? all of this in question now. president obama's top counterterrorism advisor says the two package bombs discovered on friday were intended to detonate in flight. here's what john brennan told cnn. >> it is my understanding that these devices did not need someone to actually physically detonate them, that they could have been detonated in the location where they were on the plane or they could have been detonated when they reached their destination. >> unlike several previous terrorist plots, this time the intelligence worked setting off an international alert before the attack could be carried out. as you see on this map, one bomb was discovered in dubai after being sent from yemen. the device consisted of a cell
phone circuit board and a computer printer. the other bomb was found on a cargo plane that landed in england. both packages were addressed the synagogues in chicago. american officials believe the two bombs were the work of al qaeda bombmakers. they're believed to have made the underwear bomb that failed to explode on a detroit-bound jetliner on christmas day last year. paul joins me now. first of all, there is an update. this is a multi-country effort. there's an update from the -- from britain. >> yeah, ali. the british authorities said that they were viable devices. they probably would have blown these aircrafts -- these cargo planes out of the sky as they approached the united states. they said this is important that they don't consider that to be an imminent threat right now. in other words, one could read into that that there are no more parcels that in the mail. but they're still very concerned
that this group, al qaeda in yemen, are going to launch follow-up attacks in the same mold. >> there were questions asked about whether this was a test, whether they could see if they could send devices to different places. when you say it's viable, does that mean that we think there was an intent to detonate these devices? what -- tell me what that sounds like. >> it means that these were real bombs on real aircrafts on their way to the united states. if they had not been found, they would have found a way perhaps it's believed to detonate them. it's being treated very seriously. this is one of the most serious terrorism plots we've seen in this country since 9/11. >> we knew that there were circuit boards, there were parts of telephones, parts of printers and a known explosive. do we know how they would have dea detonated that? >> maybe through a cell phone, that you could call these things from yemen, send a text message. as they're on their final decent into america.
the cell phone coverage comes back up and then they could detonate. that's a working assumption right now of authorities. they're investigating many possibilities. >> another question that's coming up from people, why cargo planes? >> it may be the easiest way. the passenger jets are more difficult to target. that could be an explanation. these bombs did go on some passenger jets at the beginning of their journey. >> because they -- they looked like components of cell phones or printers, they didn't look like something else. i mean, that's kind of tricky. if we're looking for a bomb, if you're sending something through a machine and you're looking like wiring that looks like a bomb, if it looks like a cell phone or a printer, that becomes less likely to capture attention because we ship cell phones and printers. >> that's right. these were very, very well-hidden. it took british police several hours to go after them. imagine how difficult it would have been to discover these things just by chance, by normal screening. even if there was 100% screening, these would have been very, very difficult to find. >> let's talk about the bo
bombmaker who might be connected to the underwear bomber on that delta plane that went into detroit on christmas day. that, to the non-sophisticated eye, seemed unsophisticated. the explosive in the guy's underpants, he didn't seem ca capable of pulling this off. this seems more sophisticated. >> they seem to be learning that it's the same bombmaker who is involved in both these attacks. the forensics, the tests they've run, suggest this fact. there was much more explosive this time around than in that christmas day attack. >> the thinking on the christmas day attack, he was positioned in a place in the plane where they needed a certain amount of explosive to do a certain amount of damage. these things had enough explosive to be anywhere on a plane and take a plane down. >> yeah. you know, the christmas day, 80 grams of explosive was involved. this time around, multiple times more explosives, multiple times more -- and more likely to bring
down this account. this is a very serious plot. they're learning the bombmaking skills. etn is very stable, so you can transport it long distances. if you get the detonating right ask the chemistry right, it is going to go off. christmas day, they had faults in how they put this thing together. it didn't work. you'd think they'd learned from their mistakes. the british just announced this was probably going to be a viable device. they've just said that, ali. >> thanks, paul. thanks for all the work you've done on this. we'll continue to cover this story very closely and let you know of any implications that we learn about. elections are tomorrow. what is the biggest concern? [ woman ] ring ring. progresso. this chicken tortilla soup has such a wonderful zesty quality. that's the chipotle and cilantro. it's one of our new mexican soups. it reminds me of guadalajara. a special man. his delicious soups. sheila? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup.
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jobs are the talk of the town for tomorrow's elections. jobs are the talk of the town for many discussions. money in general is. how do these issues stack up for voters? a brand new poll out shows that an overwhelming 52% of people polled put the economy as issue number one. those are all the red people on the screen. 52 red people. that's the largest group of all those polled, think the economy is number one. let's see how the other ones stack up. the deficit, the -- by the way, nothing else hits 10%. you could almost -- i mean, deficit is the economy. education and health care, while they're both highly money-related, the fact is there are other components.
immigration, 8%. isn't that remarkable? take a look at this one. the most important problem facing the country. when asked -- the first one was the most important issue facing the country. this is the most important economic problem facing the country. unemployment, 58%. then 20% say deficit. taxes, 8%. mortgage -- the mortgage issues, 8%. inflation, 4%. there's no inflation right now, but we have fears of it. and the stock market, 1%. i'm glad that the stock market is 1% because anybody who is complaining about the stock market after the run that we had in 2009, that's ridiculous. christine romans is here with me now. what do you make of this? >> i think that 58 pe% is fascinating. there's no question that everybody knows somebody that's lost a job, that's worried about their own job. we know the pollles show that people -- less than half the people are satisfied in the job they're doing right now.
another interesting number that i just don't know what to -- how to make sense of it, found that people -- a majority of people think the country is not going in the right direction. 75% of people think the country is not going in the right direction. but asked if personally things are going well, yeah, 78% of people think their life is going okay. >> what does that mean? >> they're going to go to the polling place and they'll know somebody who is just not living the american dream to its fullest and that's really bothering them. that's what we're seeing in these polls. this proximity issue. everyone knows somebody who is really hurting right now, even if they think they have managed to turn the tide here and move on. >> let's go back to that second graphic. the most important economic problem facing the country where the unemployment was at 58%. that one makes a lot of sense to me. take a look at that. 58%, we got the -- the job thing, right? because we all know, you ask anybody in a room, everybody knows somebody that's lost a
job. tell me the second one, deficit. we don't feel the deficit. we had this discussion on the weekend. if you told me -- if they announced today that they were all lying and we don't have a deficit, it would make no difference, no material difference to my life. unemployment makes a difference to my life. i know unemployed people. i feel that. i feel mortgage rates. i feel home prices. i feel the stock market. i do not feel the deficit. i'm not saying it's not important, but we don't feel it. >> we are a sensible country of sensible people who have had to tighten their own belts and they've had to make sacrifices and changes in their own life. they don't see the same thing happening in washington. they see a lot of spending that maybe they don't understand, even if it is necessary and the right thing to do. maybe it hasn't been sold properly. they're concerned. these deficits, it's huge. many people have never seen this. that concern, you're right, it's number two. >> number two. >> it's interesting that it's up there. >> the second biggest issue to people in the economy is something that -- i think we
went out and asked ten people to articulate what it means. they'll say we're mortgaging our grandchildren's future. we have no real understanding of why the deficit is that big of a problem. >> i will not admit to being part of the problem, ali. we're part of the solution. >> this falls under the category of boring but important. >> i love that category. >> we -- we both enjoy talking about deficits and debts. >> there's been a lot of talk of that on the campaign trail. that's a favorite of the tea party candidates, people who want less government and less spending and who are concerned about that longer-term and who are concerned. you're hearing more about that out there in the mainstream than you've heard in some time. >> okay. over the next 48 hours, we'll be very involved in exit polling. we'll be parsing all of these numbers. we'll crobe cross-tabulating. we'll tell you how people in
wisconsin under the age of 6 with the first name that starts with "w," how they voted. we'll have great new technology. christine and i will do that. if you love these geeky boring but important conversations, check in with us every weekend on "your money." christine is also the author of a great new book, "smart is the new rich" available now, filled with lots of examples of how you can actually get smart and capitalize on a recovering economy. some people will say it's not recovering. christine, thanks a million. insurer aig, remember them, says it's raised a chunk of money to go toward paying back its share of the t.a.r.p. bailout funds. one time, aig was on the hook for over $180 billion. the $37 billion it scraped together now will repay credit extended by the federal reserve bank of new york. in baghdad, the death toll from a hostage stand-off at a
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with dust just a day from the elections, the stakes are very high in nevada where the tea party darling, sharron angle, and senate majority leader harry reid are battling it out literally. jessica yellin, our national political correspondent, is in las vegas. when we talk about high-stakes races, this is one of the highest stakes races. it's the speaker of the -- of the -- the majority leader of the senate, a senate that has attracted a lot of anger. what's the potential outcome of this vote, jessica? >> you know what, this one -- they've spent more than $30 million here, the two sides together, ali. nobody knows is the bottom line. the polls show they're neck and neck. sharron angle, the republican tea party darling, edging slightly ahead, but the harry reid folks insist that they have such a sophisticated, get out the vote operation that they are confident that more of their voters will turn out on election
day and in early voting. really this is going to be a late, long night tomorrow night. no one knows. all eyes really are on this state. >> all right. a lot of people in nevada have already voted. i mean, as crazy a campaign as this is, i've heard people talk about the number of hours of ads that are running on tv, but a lot of people have already made their decision. >> yes. it's remarkable. about -- according to election officials, about 65% of everyone who will vote has already voted. they have an interesting system where you could for weeks past you could have gone to the mall, to area supermarkets and voted anywhere you were in the state. so the -- the slightly more democrats have voted than republicans. 8 to 10,000 more democrats. but there are more democrats in the state. and both campaigns are spinning the numbers saying that it all looks good for them. the truth is more often republicans turn out in bigger numbers on election day here, so
the question is how many sharron angle republicans turn out on election day? that is the number we'll be looking for to determine who wins here, ali. the math whizzes are crunching the numbers already. >> we're hearing a lot of cheering and booing. i'm assuming it's got nothing to do with the report you're making right now. where are you and what's going on? >> it's a michelle obama rally for harry reid, a get out the vote effort. mrs. obama has not yet shown up, but they have speakers, elected officials behind me urging people to use their cell phones to call undecided voters. they're also obviously sending messages about the republican opponent, which is why they're booing. i certainly hope they're not booing our report. >> i'm sure that's what it is. that's an interesting point. the get out the vote will make the big difference in many of these contests. a lot of it could turn out differently, but it depends on who gets out there and who votes. jessica, we'll see much of you over the course of the next 48
hours. thanks so much. jessica yellin in nevada could republicans take over both the house and the senate tomorrow? we've been -- a lot of people have been predicting that it will mean the house goes republican. we're not sure about the senate. a lot of people don't think so. if it does, does this mix mean gridlock or does it mean cooperation? we'll look into that on the other side. we were actually thinking, maybe... we're going to hike up here, so we'll catch up with you guys. [ indistinct talking and laughter ] whew! i think it's worth it. working with a partner you can trust is always a good decision. massmutual. let our financial professionals help you reach your goals. on our car insurance. great! at progressive, you can compare rates side by side, so you get the same coverage, often for less. wow! that is huge!
yourself an intravenous bag and park yourself in front of cnn for the next 48 hours. we'll talk about politics everywhere we go. it's really best that you go in armed with as much information as you can. the republicans will make big gains in the house of representatives and some gains in the senate. the question is how big? you'll be seeing this a lot. there are 255 democrats and 178 republicans in the house right now. 435 seats total. total of 218 seats are needed to win a majority. that means republicans need to pick up 39 seats to gain control of the house. in the senate, there are 100 seats. there are now 57 democrats, two dependents who vote as democrats, and 41 republicans. republicans need to pick up ten seats to gain control there. republican national chairman michael steele expects the gop to pick up the 39 seats it needs in the house. he didn't sound so confident about the senate. listen. >> i don't know how far beyond 39 we'll go.
you know, that's going to be left up to the voters tomorrow. the senate, there's always been a tough -- a tougher road for us simply by virtue of the numbers that we have in play there and the number of seats we have up versus the democrats. but i feel that we're looking at at least a seven or eight-seat night. again, there could be surprises, particularly as you heard -- you head further west. but we'll see. >> okay. so he said there that's going to be up to the voters. gloria borger joins me now. all of it is going to be about the voters. >> he was low-balling. he lowas low-balling by the way. >> yes. what -- what are we -- >> you know, if you look at -- if you talk to people and you look at what they're predicting, it's somewhere between 50 and 60. >> right. >> when you talk to republicans privately, they will look at their -- at all their stats and
they go, oh, we could actually be really having a wave here and the seats that we think are close when there's a wave, they usually go your way. so it's really, you know, somewhere they're saying 50 to 60. as i said, michael steele really doesn't want to say that. because, you know, they don't want to play that game right now. they want to be surprised. and if they win, they want to be humbled. >> we heard some democrats saying, oh, they might keep the house. is there anybody who thinks that's a possibility? >> some democrats are keeping their fingers crossed. they're a victim of their own success in many ways. in 2006, 2008, they won 55 seats. those are all -- those are all toss-up races because, you know, they're just battleground states. >> right. >> battleground districts. and they also have 45 seats that john mccain won when he ran for president. so they've got some rough terrain to defend.
so they're keeping their fingers crossed. they're trying to do hand-to-hand combat. that's why we see so many negative ads. they understand they don't have the issues set that they -- >> so this one -- if there are upsets or surprises by the democrats, it's going to be something that happened locally most likely? >> yes. and it's also going to be races that narrow that just -- people are voting straight republican because you've got independents so angry at the democratic party right now. and they're just going to say, you know, it's not that they love republicans, but they're voting yes or no and they're going to vote no. >> if the get out the vote campaign works for the democrats, that may be the -- the only trick they've got left. >> very important. in a state like nevada where harry reid has got labor working for him, labor can get out the vote. he can maybe get out hispanic voters, he can get out minority voters. that's going to make a difference. midterm elections are always about turnout. when there's nobody at the top of the ticket.
in the end, though, what we've seen in the polls, these enthusiasm polls, that the republicans really have enthusiasm on their side because who -- who votes. the people who were angry or -- >> who want change. the same people that write comments on amazon. they're mad. >> and they feel they have a stake in this election. that's why barack obama is saying, yes, you do have a stake in this election, democratic voters, even though i'm not on the ticket. it's a difficult line that he's walking because he doesn't want to make this election about him, but the election is about him. >> the largest number of people affected outside of the economy, which affected almost all of us, have been the people who were not insured who will be insured under the government's health care. >> right. >> why is that not a get out the vote movement? why are those people who are saying, oh, my god, if the republicans take over, they'll want to repeal or change my ability to get health care. >> they're not talking about the t.a.r.p. being repaid, right? >> right. >> because two things, people
didn't like t.a.r.p. and they don't like health care reform. >> and that's a good point. mostly repaid. >> and is anybody bragging about that, including barack obama? we're not talking about bailouts. >> they don't want to go down that road. >> so health care reform, right? >> right. >> 62% of the voters don't like health care reform. >> wow. >> and they're not seeing the impact of it yet because it's such a huge deal. it doesn't kick in until 2014. >> right. >> so they're not seeing differences in their insurance. their insurance premiums are continuing to go up. they're not insured yet. they are seeing some little -- >> it's like ronald reagan says. is your life better than it was four years ago? for a lot of people, that's not the case. >> it isn't the case. that's what the democrats are so worried about. if they lose the house and the senate, they've got to come back and deal with this economy. they don't want that to be two more years. >> gloria, we'll be talking a
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time now for "globetrekking." istanbul is in fear after a bomb ripped through the largest entertainment district in the city. who carried out the attack? terrorists or kurdish separatists? ivan watson joins us live and is following the story. ivan? >> ali, that's right. i'm coming to you from istanbul.
i'm going to get out of the way. you can compare this to the times square ofturic turkey's lt city. it's an important nexus for trade, for transport, for tourism. you've got tons of bars and hotels and restaurants. you see the flower vendors out there. less than 36 hours ago, an apparent suicide bomber deton e detonated explosives right at the edge of this square, wounding at least 32 people. that bomb going off in broad daylight. it could have been much worse. turkish authorities say the bomber had some explosives that did not go off. the target, ali, were police that with usually set up at one end of the square to control frequent political protests that gather here. the turkish police have put forward this photo of what they say is the bomber who was killed in the blast. they are not naming the bomber.
they also are holding back right now on accusing any groups of being behind this attack. ali? >> they're holding back on accusing any groups. they're actually offering, i've heard, very little information about their investigation. is that typical? >> well, this is pretty -- it's a pretty delicate moment right now. the chief suspect would be a kurdish separatist, known as the pkk, the kurdistan workers party. they've been working for 30 years against the turkish state. there have been a lot of reports about -- behind closed door talks taking place between the turkish government and a jailed. the pkk, i spoke to one of the rebel spokesman from northern iraq where much of the leadership is based. he denied any links whatsoever to this explosion. and he announced that the pkk
would extend its unilateral cease-fire until at least summer. that cease-fire was supposed to end yesterday, which is why a lot of the suspicion arose that it could have been a pkk bomb. right now with the turkish government not accusing anyone and the pkk denying responsibility, it's anyone's guess who was behind this very disturbing blast, ali. >> all right right. ivan watson in istanbul. let's go to brazil. dilma rousseff has been elected the country's first female president. millions of voters turned out. rousseff has never before held office. she succeeds the president known as lula. she says a top priority is to make sure that equality between men and women becomes the norm at every level of life. okay. you know those tiny little smart cars on the road? imagine driving something almost
in today's "big i" we're talking about the cars of the future. this one has a twist. they are super light, and i mean superer light. a few guys could pick these up. every year, design los angeles holds a design challenge for auto designers. they challenged them to create a car that weighed no more than 1,000 pounds. the average car weighs about 4,000 pounds. we're talking about a major car designer like toyota, nissan, mercedes-benz and honda. let's start with this car from cadillac. it's called the aera.
it's a touring coupe. a light car has the advantage of being more fuel efficient. this car is from honda. it's called the air. are you sensing a theme here? it was inspired by the modern roller coaster and sky diving wing suits. this is the drs from mercedes-benz research and development in japan. check this out. it's powered by a self-balancing electric drive unit and controlled by an onboard computer. this next one is also from merced mercedes. it's called the biome. it's an ultralight car that collects energy from the sun and uses it as power. mercedes is also developing technology to pull excess solar energy from trees. who knew that there was excess solar energy in trees? now let's look at nissan's car called the iv.
it's derived from fast-growing i ivy. and toyota's concept car of the future is called the nori. the body of the car is made from bioplastic technology derived from seaweed and combined with a carbon fiber weave to give it more strength. it utilizes four electric wheel motors. last but not least, the volvo air motion.ssculpted from carbo. the winner will be presented next month. i have to say i like this topic so much. this iso interesting. let's visit this again when the l.a. auto show is on and we'll tell you what was up for competition and which one actually won. that could evolve into some kind of a model for a car in the future. the president went trick-or-treating on air force one over the weekend. we'll show you how well he did. ♪ every day you check the weather, check the time ♪ ♪ check the news online ♪heck the wife, eck the kids ♪ ♪ check your email messages ♪ check the money in the bank
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time now for a political update. dana bash part of the best political team on television. she joins me now from washington. how did you get to washington? weren't you in new york? you are in new york. >> reporter: i'm in new york. i'm one floor down. be in washington tomorrow. i'll be in washington tomorrow. but, ali, i'm in new york and when you and i think about and most people think about the state of new york they don't think of it as a big political ballot l ground but true blue democratic state. guess what, that's not the case this particular year when it comes to the house of representatives. it is a huge battleground.
about half a dozen seats are at play. in fact, we have a story on the ticker right here about the fact that this could -- the state could help house republicans make up the majority if they get there tomorrow night. this guy right here is one of the democrats we talked to john hall. he was a lead singer in the '70s band orleans. he sang us a little tune. if you go in there you'll see that. next on the ticker is a pair of really good stories from ted barrett and deidra walsh. they look ahead at what's at stake in the house and senate after the election. i'll give you a little teaser. deidra got a quote from a gop insider who said stwo be hostility on nitroglycerin. in the senate you guessed it even more legislative gridlock if republicans as expected increase their numbers and there's more parity with regard to the democrats and republicans in the senate if. >> here's something that got my attention. the president went into the area
on air force one -- i've never been on it but i heard this -- where the press hang out. that's not usually something he does. doesn't do it on a regular basis at least. >> reporter: he doesn't. in fact, this is just the third time that he's gone back to talk to the press corps since he's been in office. i remembers a white house reporter and i covered george bush. he didn't come back for several years. it was a big deal on one international trip being called up to the front. he came back president obama at the end of the four-state campaign swing. he stayed for about one minute and he did talk about halt wean and he came back just to say happy halloween. i'll tell you a little something. a reporter asked what his daughters would dress as and he said sasha would dress as a turkey. he was asked if he would pardon the turkey. he said, yeah, maybe i'll pardon sasha. a little one minute back and forth with the press corps and then he was off. >> you can't collect a lot of candy in a minute. >> reporter: or for the press more importantly can't collect a lot of information.
but it is interesting. i remember being on the mccain plane quickly, back in 2008 and that was like the one time when cindy mccain and megan campaign came back to talk to the press corps to handout candy. i don't know maybe getting closer to election day, maybe hyped up on sugar. i don't know what it is about the politicians finally giving us a little bit of tile on halloween. >> speaking of hyped on sugar or caffeine or whatever it is, that's what all of us will be over the course of the next 24 hours as we get ready for fantastic election coverage. i'm glad to hear that you're here because i saw you were here and read you were in washington and that didn't make sense. we'll check in later. part of the best political team on television right upstairs from where i am, which is the headquarters. that's where our election coverage is going to be coming from. we will keep you very well informed. more than 200,000 people poured into d.c. to restore sanity. and it wasn't a shrink convention.
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deal! my money. my choice. my meineke. time for some odds and ends. the biggest and maybe oddest event was the rally to restore sanity and/or fear hosted by comedy central stars jon stewart and stephen colbert. the event filled the washington mall but for what exactly? mc stewart tried to spell it out. >> i can't control what people think this was. i can only tell you my intentions. this was not a rally to ridicule people of faith or people of activism or to look down our noses at the heartland or passionate argument or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear.
they are and we do. but we live now in hard times, not end times. and we can have animus and not be enemies. >> sounding feeling a lot more like a political guy than a comedian there. one particular line from his speech summed up a lot of folks' frustration with political discourse lately. quote, if we amplify everything, we hear nothing. that i like, jon. another actor and comic got fired up this weekend. he sparked cheers and laughter when he sparked up something else on bill maher's hbo show. >> it's a tricky thing politically to jump on that bandwagon because i think that maybe people see it as taboo
still. so i -- >> why it's a ballot measure, because no politician even if they thought it was a good idea -- as i was saying -- >> he and the rest of the panel were talking about california's proposition 19 which aims to legalize marijuana use in the golden state trying to make the point that people equate pot with harder drugs which in his opinion is a mistake. guess we'll see tomorrow when californians head to the polls. i'm ali velshi. here's what i have on the rundown. economy issue number one. one of the top money worries for families is paying for college. we'll look into problems that offer creative solutions. overseas yemen on the alert for terrorists at the airport after bombs were intercepted on flights headed to the united states. we'll find out what investigators did right and what could have gone terribly wrong. cnn is counting down the
hours until the polls open. your country is counting on you. if you still need a good reason to vote i'm going to give it to you. just 16 hours before voting begins in the midterms. republicans are hoping for a landslide. new numbers from a cnn research poll. people asked whether they would vote for a republican or democrat from congress, they chose republican by a ten point margin. compare that with the results of exactly the same question asked of them exactly the same time before the 1994 election. in that poll they chose republicans over democrats as well by a seven point margin. what happened in 1994? it was a republican revolution. they picked up more than 50 seats in the house, seven in the senate taking control of both chambers. 37 incumbent democrats lost their bid for re-election including representative tom foley. newt gingrich replaced foley as speaker of the house. in the senate george mitchell was replaced by republican leader bob dole. 1994 was the year george w.
bush, he was first elected. the young george bush governor of texas and the year sonny bono became a republican congressman. publicly democratic leaders suggest there will be no revelation but some republicans predict the gop will do even better than expected. >> right now they're saying they're going to get both and we're saying we're going to hold on to both and it will be a nail-biter. i suspect there will be real close races but my belief is we're going to hold the senate and i this i if we play our cards right we'll surprise folks and hold the house as well. >> i think that the republican leadership across the country is going to emerge and a lot of races that people don't even expect right now there are going to be a number of surprises in races that folks haven't paid attention to. >> senior political editor mark preston and deputy political director paul steinhauser here to break down the numbers for us. we've got great numbers that give us some indication as to how people are going to vote in
the midterms starting tomorrow morning, 16 hours from now. break it down for me. >> you just gave that generic ballot a few seconds ago. 52 /4 had 2 in the republicans' favor. that's the standard question would you vote for republican or democrat. let's talk about those in the suburbs. this is troubling for the democrats. 60%. 60% of the people we've questioned in the suburbs said they were likely to vote for the generic republican in their district, only 34% for the democrats. in 2006 and 2008 when democrats did very well, they did very well in the suburbs. but look at this next number. it's not all about being a pro republican election. check out the favorable opinion of each party. it's not like americans are in love with the republicans any more than the democrats. both have favorable ratings under 50%. it's just that people are angry right now at the way things are in the country and the democrats run the shop. ali. >> mark, what have you got? you're looking at other numbers and the way they break down as well. >> i am. look, this could be an election
about -- that breaks down among a tale of two leaders. look at nancy pelosi's unfavorable racing 53%. some would say she is the face of congress. a lot of democrats have been trying to run away from her. some have said they wouldn't support her for speaker if democrats hold on to the house. let's look at john boehner who would be the republican speaker if republicans take back the control of the house tomorrow. he has -- 49% of americans are unsure about their opinion on him at all. they don't know who he is. some would say he has a lot of room to go up. others would say he has a lot of room to go down. >> it is interesting nancy pelosi was not all that disliked until the republicans went out of their way to focus on her and that has worked. but ultimately most people don't know the speaker of the house before that person becomes the speaker of the house. >> no. that's true. and i think nancy pelosi is really taking the brunt of this election when in fact this election is all about president obama. all she did was enact his
policies and in fact she is really taking it hard right now. look at her favorability rating at only 25%, that's pretty low. >> when we asked about president obama in our poll we said are you more likely to support the candidate who opposes president obama. more likely the one that oppose s. the president's agenda. >> does that necessarily mean, paul, the republican? because what we've seen is a number of democrats out there who have made it clear that they will stand up against their party or that in the past they voted against certain things. there aren't too many but there are some. does that answer say i might even vote for a democrat who opposes president obama? >> that's a great point. mark and i are talking about this a lot. there's a bunch of democrats especially from conservative to moderate congressional districts running as fast away as they can from the president's agenda. >> this could carry over into the next congress. you have this blue dog
coalition. these conservative democrats who might not be voting with president obama over the next two years. they have got to be concerned about their constituents and their own re-election if they make it past tuesday. >> paul and mark and i are going to spend a lot of time in the space between them over their shoulder, the cnn election center. we'll be living out of this place for the next couple of days. we'll talk to you a lot more. we'll talk to you more. mark preston and paul steinhauser. i'm starting to get these two guys confused. they're both good friends. they do different things. with so many out of work lots of people are heading back to college to make themselves more attractive in the job market. but how affordable is a college degree? i'm going to break down the numbers for you next. [ woman ] ring ring. progresso.
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in "chalk talk" we're talking about college. we normally talk about high school but part of the reason we want them to do well in high school is to get to college. how affordable is college? paying for college seems to be a big issue. the college board just released trends in higher education report which takes an honest look at college tuition costs and levels, financial aid, the amount of debt many students carry during and after college. joining me now an independent policy analyst with the college board joining me from chicago. sandy, thanks for joining me. anything particularly surprising that you found in this study? >> well, what we find is even though college prices, the published prices are rising rapidly, in fact student aid, the grants and tax benefits students get to help pay those prices have risen so rapidly that on average, the price of college that students actually
pay isn't going up any faster than the rate of inflation. it's in fact more slowly than other prices. >> this has been a big push by this administration, the idea that they would sort of revamp the way students were able to get aid and loans. there's been an increase in the number of pell grants, i read, that students are getting. >> a dramatic increase in pell grants. in 2009, the federal government distributed about $28 billion worth of pell grants. that compares to about $18 billion the year before. it's important to note that pell grants go to low and moderate income students, not to all students. >> let's talk a little bit about this point that you make that it's more expensive but debt isn't increasing the way you would think it is. you would think if college education is getting more expensive, wouldn't our debt loads be increasing dramatically? they are going up a bit but not as much as popular mythology might have you believe. >> that's right.
about 55% of bachelor degree recipients at public four-year colleges graduate with debt and those who borrow about $20,000. at private colleges, more students borrow, about two-thirds of them and they owe on average about $26,000 if they borrow. and those amounts have also about kept up with inflation. the reason that they're not higher may be because, in fact, there is so much more student aid out there. it may be because students are working more to help finance their education. there are a variety of reasons why even though for some students debt is a very serious problem. that's not true for the pip cal college student. >> sandy, it seems to me that in this job market, this difficult job market we've got, the opportunity cost of going to school versus earning a salary is lower than it has been in maybe 15 or 20 years. do we see that bear out in the numbers? >> you're exactly right that
students do take into consideration what their alternatives are when they decide whether to go to college or not. and because for many people the job market is now so weak, we do see more and more people deciding to enroll in college. the enrollment in colleges went up dramatically both in 2008 and in 2009, and we assume also this year. most of those new students who are going to college are going to either community colleges or to institutions in the for-profit sector. >> sandy, what should -- is there anything in the study that leads you to an understanding of what college students or potential college students might do to deal with their fear or the expense or the debt load that they're going to carry? is there anything they can activity do to try to reduce it? >> you're right many people are very nervous about the debt load. the first thing is that students should understand the difference between borrowing from the federal government and taking private student loans. the federal government lets all students borrow money.
there are limits on how much you can borrow but those have recently been increased. and they have a lot of protections against running into trouble when you're in repayment. not perfect protection. it still needs to be improved. but under the income-based repayment plan, if your repayment amount should be greater than a certain percentage of your income, you simply don't have to pay then. so it's limited to a certain percentage of your income. but if you take a private loan through the bank that has nothing to do with the federal government then you don't have that protection. so you should be very careful about that and also look for all the grant aid you can find because obviously it's better to get grant aid than it is to borrow. >> this is something worth spending a lot of time, hours, weeks, maybe months understanding because there's money out there available to certain people. you mentioned private banks. made me think of private for-profit education. that's an area growing like . is that a viable option for people?
>> you're right about that. a lot of people are going to for-profit institutions these days. some of the reasons why people may choose those include flexibility scheduling. they also include advertising. and some people make wise decisions and others don't have adequate information. you should be very careful and examine all the information that you can get about the institutions available to you have. the tuition and fees at for-profit institutions are much higher than those at public colleges, whether those are two-year or four-year public colleges. so it really pays to look carefully and, again, to be sure that you're not borrowing more than you have to borrow and that you are going to institutions that will give you all the financial aid, the grant aid that you can get. >> sandy, what a great conversation. thank you for being with us and putti putting a less daunting face on higher education. i think so much of the discussion is about how onerous
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today we meet another one of our top ten cnn heroes. more than 27 million rural kenyans have no electricity and evans wadongo worked to create solar powered lanterns to help children learn hopefully leading them to a brighter future. listen. >> i have problems with my eyesight due to prolonged exposure to smoke. i had to use firewood to study
during my childhood. in the rural communities they don't have electricity. it's only kerosene and firewood that they use for lighting and cooking. it's very, very frustrating. i couldn't compete effectively. a lot of other kids just drop out of school. the amount of money that every household uses to buy kerosene every day, if they can save that they can be able to buy food. >> evans wadongo joins me via skype from nairobi, kenya. i know there's a bit of a delay so i'll ask you a question and let you answer it. i don't understand how you've been able to do this but you have equated the ability for students to study in the evening when the sun goes down directly with their success and the economic success of their families in the areas. what got you into this and how did you achieve success in gathering these solar lanterns? >> yes. all along i have been dealing
with communities that don't have electricity. recently one of our problems we went into an area where we have communities. and in this area because of the culture and because of the culture, the kids -- they can't attend during the day. they can only attend in the evening. they have to take care of the cattle and the cows during the day. the evening is when they can go to school. they walk about 20 kilometers, over 20 kilometers one way from their home to the school. and when they go to this class it's from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the evening. it's very dark. it's very unsafe because we have
wild animals and elephants in that area. when we get to the school, and we looked that up and that's why i decided that i want to provide solar lamps to these particular students so that they can be able to in their class and use it as a torch to light up their way back to their home. and they can study at home and it can be used to do their work there at the house. >> with this recognition, you're hoping to get these lanterns into 100,000 households by 2015 not just in kenya but expand into other countries. thank you for doing what you're doing. congratulations on being nominated and being a top ten hero. we wish you all the best. remember you can vote for evans or any top ten heroes to be the 2010 cnn hero of the year.
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impressive. then all of a sudden look at that. whoa. because the center is actually right there. even though the first part that looked impressive yesterday died, a new and more impressive flare-up of activity popped up. 45 miles per hour not a big deal right now. here's the problem. it's going to get bigger because there's a lot of wind down here now kind of tearing it apart. that wind is going to go away. we call it sheer. the sheer goes away. that's a category 1. that's a category 1. it drives right over the bay and right there is port-au-prince. a lot of people not happy about this. laet show you what it did in barbados. this is kim taylor one of our i-reporters. that's a catamaran right there, two big hulls, one completely submerged, the other sticking out. these are waves in bridgeport, barbados in the downtown area. that's almost in a cove. now let me show you what people are living in in haiti. okay. you get it? can you imagine 1 hundr
100-mile-per-hour storm? a million people living like this. >> this is what we've been worried about. not only is not stable housing but tents catch wind. >> exactly. that blue stuff, those blue tarps are not going to be there very long. and this is the risk. i don't show this often. but this is what the cell, the storm looks like now. very disorganized but look how many more lines in the red come through here. i know it's not a great map. this is florida state university. this is the raw data. this is exactly what we watch. watch it right here. now, down near barbados but turning there. that's the island country or nation haiti and the dr right over the top. look at this number. look at the knots, 90, 110, 131 knots for a while as the storm tries to go over -- >> if you're living in a tent, 50 knots is a problem. >> done.
that tent is in trouble. there's not 100 people living like this. a million people living like this. >> we'll keep a close eye on it. don't know if that helps the people facing it but let's the world know there could be another problem coming. rising concern at airports around the world. i was in an airport twice this weekend and i could even sense it there. could there be more bombs in cargo or passenger planes? the latest on the airport bomb plot.
planes on friday were intended to detonate in flight. both bombs are linked to yemen. joining us now cnn terrorism analyst cruickshank. >> latest the british authorities say this was a very viable device and would have likely exploded these cargo planes leaving europe and the middle east towards the united states. a conjecture could have been as they descended into u.s. air space they could blow them up maybe with a cell phone call or sms message to those bombs. >> because these were made up of components of cell phones and printers. they were addressed to synagogues in chicago, so this idea that they were supposed to be blown up in space, what's the connection? >> it seems that the target that the investigation is going towards the idea that it was planes. the synagogues may have just been a sick joke, something like that. or it may be a way to say our real target was synagogues, a way to rally the base of al qaeda. they're very anti-semitic.
it's not clear exactly. >> what do we think about being able to detonate a cargo plane? why would somebody choose that as a target? >> any time a plane is blown out of the sky it's potentially spectacular especially over a crowded place on final approach but they may have hoped they were passenger jets. these bombs actually traveled on passenger jets on the first leg of their journey in yemen. >> remind me about why yemen is so important to us. it keeps coming up in discussions and came up at christmas when there was the underpants bomber. there appears to be a link. they think the guy who designed that bomb designed these. >> al qaeda in yemen is the most active guest the west. they have a bombmaker there. he has designed all the bombs like the christmas day bomb using petn, this very explosive mixture. so there's a lot of concern about al qaeda in yemen at the moment. the yemeni authorities just announced they're going to do
operations to find this bombmaker but it's unclear whether they'll be able to do this. >> yemen is one of those countries where it's not clear that the government can exercise its authority if these terrorists are working out of there. >> that's right. their writ is really in the capital city sanaa. other parts of the country, the tribal areas they don't have much control. everything depends on the tribes. winning the tribes over. the worry is if you go in too hard the tribes may go over to the al qaeda. that's a nightmare scenario. >> to equate that would be what's happening in the border provins in pakistan. >> there's been a lot of concern of pakistan and the tribes there. the talibanization of the tribes in those areas going more towards al qaeda. some of the tribes even launching attempted attacks here in new york city. so a lot of concern over that trajectory. >> tell me about this bombmaker.
it does seem this feels a little more sophisticated than the christmas day bombing that didn't detonate. you told me earlier it involved a lot more of this petn, this explosive component. >> that's right. probably the same bombmaker they think but he may be getting better. this time around multiple times more explosive than in the underwear bombing attack on christmas day, something which could have been even more catastrophic. a lot of concerns about this. the british just announced they think this is very viable and likely to bring airplanes down. so this has been treated with great seriousness and one of the most serious plots we have to say since 9/11. >> one key thing about this is because it looks like the part where cell phone parts and printer parts it's not clear anybody would have detected this. >> that's right. very hard to detect. the british when they went in they knew exactly what they were looking for. they were timid off by saudi intelligence but took a long time several hours it would seem to find it. imagine if you don't know it's coming and just doing screening,
if there's 100% screening which there isn't right now. even if there was -- >> you don't know what you're looking for. one of the problems or one of interesting things to me is authorities around the world said this is not an imminent concern for us. we didn't see the threat level in the u.s. go up. i've been through airports three times this weekend. it looked like heightened security because i was in new york a couple of hours after this happened but generally speaking we're not treating this as a bigger deal than some people think it might be. why? >> the british announced they don't think it's imminent in terms of more parcels coming through. that's why the alert levels have not been ratcheted up. but there are concerns. this bombmaker is still at large. he could give another device to another operative. it doesn't have to come from yemen next time. maybe they'll go to another place and send it or find a different way. they're very imaginative. trying to get through u.s. security and launch attacks here in the united states al qaeda. >> because on christmas day we didn't all get the impression
that, oh, my goodness, this is imminent, there will be a bunch of people with explosives in their underpants. it seemed like a bungled mission. this seems less bungled programs more successful as an attempt. >> they're getting better unfortunately. in terms of thwarting the plots, western intelligence agencies have to get lucky every day. >> thanks very much. paul cruickshank, cnn's terrorism analyst. another story is midterms. tomorrow a lot of americans don't care enough to head out and cast a ballot. mr. roland martin has something to say to those two folks. his two cents or two bucks or 20 bucks coming up next. [ k. tyrone ] i'm an engineer.
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we've been having a conversation for all last week and this week. why should you vote? reasons to go out and vote? because so many of you are not going out to vote. it stands out for me that our man roland martin has always pointed out in the votes, the elections closest to you including local elections, municipal elections, voter turn out in the united states can be very low. things are good. we're expecting in the 40% range. >> which is abysmal. >> of people qualified to vote. so i want to know from you again because i've heard it but want viewers to hear. you feel very, very, very strongly about going out to vote. >> first of all because what people don't understand is they keep looking at presidential election, a congressional election, a gubernatorial election by saying they really don't matter to me, they really don't impact my life. the reality is every facet of your life a politician has a hand in. when you talk about environmental laws, when you talk about schools, when you
talk about -- >> we do talk about these all the time. >> all the time. we talk about whether or not we get a street light or a stop sign or railroad crossing. all those things. beyond that, we always focus on the top races. when you watch cnn today, tomorrow night, we'll talk about congress. we'll talk about governor. we'll talk about the president. but the reality is when you walk in that poll if you have issues about your child getting in trouble and they appear before that judge, that judge is likely on the ballot or in your state that judge is being appointed by somebody. so even though races in some places you have people over tax districts who are county commissioners. >> ultimately somebody on the ballot is going to get elected so what difference does it make whether or not i participate particularly when we feel like we don't have power over things that happened to us. bad things have happened in the last two years. >> they have but i believe they have happened because we're sitting oun our butts and not
voting. again, the people put into power are the ones who are going to make a decision. >> and the decision is going to be made. >> it is going to be made one way or the other. so when people say, i care about education, well, you better look at the people who are making those decisions. one of the reasons why the conservatives took over politics in texas, they didn't focus on the governor's mansion first. you know who they went after, the board of education. after the board of education, we've had all thee debates over this year. why? because the texas board of education now decides what goes in textbooks book. >> they took years to get control of that and did it. >> and that sets the tone nationally because depending upon because of the number of textbooks bought in texas and california -- >> influences -- >> the entire country. so somebody in texas right now is saying wait a minute, you mean to tell me i didn't know who the board of education race, it had a national impact? absolutely. every facet of your life
somebody on the ballot has a role. >> the other issue that you have is the right to vote is hard won. not everybody in the world has it. we have fought for it. different groups fought for it. >> died for it. >> you're an opinion guy. you feel we're a country of opinion people. >> my philosophy is if you don't vote, shut the hell up because you can sit here and complain all day but it makes no sense. if you have go to the civil rights museum in memphis, tennessee, there's a sign that brought me too tears. it was a young black girl and the quote was all i want for my 18th birthday is a voter registration card because there were a group of people who at that time said -- they said, you cannot vote. they could go to the polls. they would send them back home and they understood how valuable it was. and so my point to anybody whether black, white, asian, native american, do not sit here and say it doesn't matter, there's no impact. because we have seen elections won by people with 50, 70, 100,
1,000 votes. every vote matters. if you sit home on tomorrow and say it means nothing to me, please for the next two years, however long that term is locally, shut the hell up because you are a part of the problem when you keep your butt at home. >> the other thing is the thing that you can always connect to your life is municipal and local elections. >> yes. >> but even in those you were saying major cities -- >> last year cnn had a poll that showed the majority of people in america believe they're impacted more by local elections than national, some 54%. but when you saw the elections in houston, in new york, greensburg, north carolina, dayton, ohio, atlanta, detroit, the turnout was between 18% and 22% in the mayoral elections. 18% to 22% of the people were deciding the fate of the mayor in the city. so basically -- >> your swimming pools and libraries and taxes --
>> all of that. so you're sitting here complaining because your park is being run down and you can't get any resources while the people who actually showed up -- that's why people ask me how do you have feel about the tea party? i have no problem with the tea party because these are people who are protesting, who are organizing, who are mobilizing. >> and they're going to show up and vote. >> yeah. so if you're one of these people who you are mad about or democrat or republican activist, moveon.org versus tea party. >> they are all groups that say do something. >> and they're doing it. i believe the problem we have in this country those people sitting in the middle that don't identify as a democrat or republican are sitting at home. they're quiet and don't say anything. and i say you have to get involved. >> this is your voice. this is where you get it. roland, thank you, because i think that's an important message for people to hear. we've been on top of this. we don't have to be partisan to believe you should vote for whoever. so you showed up and exercise your franchise. >> our slogan is if you don't
vote, shut the hell up. busy weekends on the campaign trail for president obama. that means it was a busy weekend for our man ed henry, "the stakeout" up next with ed. a guy named his own price, wants a room tonight for 65 dollars. we don't go lower than 130. big deal, persuade him. is it wise to allow a perishable item to spoil? he asked, why leave a room empty? the additional revenue easily covers operating costs.
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it is that time of day every day around this time we check in with ed henry. president obama was on the road this weekend to make a final push for democratic candidates. we talked to ed on the other side of it senior white house correspondent ed henry along for the trip. he seems to be back at the white house now for "the stakeout." >> reporter: i think saturday was pretty big because the president went home to chicago.
the rally was just a few blocks from his house. there were about 35,000 people there. i talked to senator dick durbin after the ramally. he said a month ago he and other democratic leaders were at the white house for a private meeting with the president. he said at that time the president said i've decided to blow up my schedule and the next month i'll crisscross the country. i told my scheduler when i'm tired ignore me. he's done that and traveled across the country. they feel pretty good he laid it all on the line. at the end of the day i think when you look there in chicago 35,000 people he was trying to pull across the finish line governor pat quinn democratic and alexei giannoulias for his old senate seat. when you look at the polls both still in a dead heat or trailing slightly. so if the president can't even deliver his home state it's going to be a pretty bad night. >> what does it come down to? we saw some not approval numbers. favorability numbers in a new cnn research opinion poll. we saw nancy pelosi at 26%. we saw president obama 48% or 49
pr. we saw hillary clinton and bill clinton at 62 and 63% and we know the clintons have been on the big push. we know michelle obama has a higher favorability rating than the president. we understand issues with the economy and whether you think the president has done the right thing but this favorability rating is more like a likability rating. why is the president not getting better marks on that? >> reporter: i think how they feel here is people may still feel that they like the president personally but they clearly are frustrated with his policies when you look deeper behind that big picture number. someone like mrs. obama who by the way is on the trail right now in las vegas with senate majority leader harry reid. she's trying to lay it on the line a day before the election, leave nothing to chance. the bottom line is she doesn't have to deal with the responsibility of actually -- of the policy. she's able to go out there and speak on a couple of key initiatives. she doesn't have the down side of the responsibility of overseeing an economy that still has unemployment at 9.6%.
the president has that around his neck. it's funny you mention that about his leadership. in this white house they keep saying that this is not a referendum on him or his leadership, that it's a choice election between democrats going forward, republicans going backward. but when i was in philly on saturday i was talking to michael nutter, the mayor of philly. he was saying this is all about 2012, that voters are looking at 2010 -- the republicans are trying to go after the president now and soften him up for 2012 and it really is a lot about the president. that's not exactly the way the white house has been pitching it. they've been insisting it is about a choice between the two parties, not about the president or his battles with the republicans. so we'll see on tuesday what the results are. but i think that clearly there is some referendum going on here to some extent. it may not be all about everybody's vote but he's in office now. >> this latest poll that we referred to also said that 50% of respondents said they're going to vote for the person who
opposes president obama. not necessarily republican or tea party person. could be a democrat. but there's definitely something at play with respect to the president and i guess there's some issue. maybe it's a referendum or decision to send a message. you could be doing that without voting the president out of office. you could sending a message that they're feeling off track. >> reporter: great point. one of the senate races that will decide this is west virginia where you have the democratic governor joe manchin. he's now leading and this white house is confident he's going to win. what did he do recently? he had an ad where he literally took a gun and shot the cap and trade bill and basically said i'm going to go to washington and make sure the president doesn't pass these kind of policies anymore. there's a democrat as you know who may win but not because he's siding with president obama. >> good to see you as always. we'll be talking a lot over the course of the next couple of days. i'm going to be handling the exit polls tomorrow night. >> reporter: can't wait. my favorite part of tuesday night. >> there are some fantastic graphics. i don't know if you've even them. they're 3d.
i'm describing things in front of me like a wall of numbers and not not there. >> reporter: rough going to be a hologram? >> i'm going to be real. send me any information you have, inside information to make me look smart. >> reporter: good, i'll do that. >> ed henry at the stakeout our senior white house correspondent. you'll see seeing a lot of him. house republican leader john boehner going after president obama now taking sharp aim straight at him in a speech tonight. brianna keilar joins me in a minute. [ woman ] ring ring. progresso.
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places but you can't see the beauty of it. you're right there. you're right in the beautiful part of it. >> reporter: gorgeous. what a gorgeous place to be talking you from the campaign trail, ali. and it's so nice to be able to take the ticker on the road. right now on the cin political ticker one of the stories we have is about john boehner the house minority leader poised to become speaker if the republicans take over the house. and you should be expecting him tonight in a speech from ohio to really target president obama and pespecifically targeting th president over comments he made in a univision radio interview where he apparently seemed to say that people who disagree with democratic priorities are, quote, enemies. you're going to be hearing boehner saying, no, they're not enemies. we call them patriots. very sharp-tongued. also on the ticker right now something coming to us from delaware. this has to do with the republican senate candidate christine o'donnell getting into a last minute kind of fight if
you will with a local television executive named tim qualls. her campaign bought eight half-hour chunks of time to put a long-form commercial to really appeal to delaware voters. they thought it would be on this morning at 10:00 a.m. come 10:00 a.m. it didn't show up and her campaign really blasted this television station via twitter and you now have this television exec tim qualls saying this thing was delivered too late, it's not my fault and he actually says she may lose his vote over it. and then of course as we said, you notice we are coming from the road. we're here in wild and wonderful west virginia and we're here because we're covering the senate race between governor joe manchin a democrat and john raese. as we speak president clinton is supposed to be campaigning or about to start a stump speech for manchin. this is the first or the second time that he's been here in a few weeks and comes two days after sarah palin was here for his opponent raese. it was a neck-and-neck race a few weeks ago. right now democrats cautiously
optimistic this could go for them and republicans quietly worried it could do the same. that story on the ticker shortly. >> next political update in just one hour. have you braced yourselves for the holiday shopping crunch? might want to hurry up. the big discounts are starting already. i'll explain why there's no waiting for black friday this year. ♪ [ upbeat instrumental ]
maybe you've got the image burned in your mind of shoppers just about breaking down doors at a walmart or maybe a best buy so they can get their hands on a black friday door crasher special. not saying you're not going to see that this year but things have changed. retailers have broken the black friday mold by offering those steep discounts earlier. some of them were even rolling them out last week ahead of halloween. true what i will call black friday, the day after thanksgiving, has been happening for a few years or at least black friday creep, the idea that it's starting before black friday. nothing on the scale of what we're seeing right now. the discounts are bigger. the sales will last longer. that's because the recession has consumers saying they want their bargains when they want them now earlier. retailers have a tough choice of either offering them now or losing out to competitors who do. "the new york times" says amazon is starting discounts earlier than ever before. toys "r" us and sears are starting their sas